Exploring the possibilities of sculpture
For this major exhibition in our Upper Gallery, British artist Keith Wilson further develops his longstanding investigation into the cultural status of sculpture, considering how ideas develop in the private sphere of the artist?s studio and transform into a public presentation of work in a gallery.
At the core of Calendar is a large-scale galvanised steel structure made up of multiple cubic units, organised in a series akin to the familiar monthly grid arrangement used for wall planners and electronic diary systems. These units are then occupied by various objects, items, and ephemera that offer a view into the artist?s studio from the wider enclosure of public space within the MAC.
This artistic practice comprises an ongoing enquiry into the contingency of meaning specifically in relation to the public functioning of sculpture. The artist is interested in exploring the power relations inherent in everyday human interactions and his exhibitions are often dramatized by having to navigate your way around apparently authoritative pieces of highly ordered sculptural material.
Keith Wilson is currently based between New York, Sheffield and London. Over the past two decades he has staged major solo exhibitions at institutions such as Camden Arts Centre, London; Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Milch Gallery, London; Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; and the Wellcome Collection, London. He has also contributed to numerous group shows and projects at; the Hayward Project Space, London; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; as well completing a major commission Steles for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From summer 2016 he will be Provost?s Artist-in-Residence, the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York.
Calendar is one of a trio of exhibitions at the MAC exploring the possibilities of sculpture, installation, and object making in 2016. As well as Wilson?s project, don?t miss Liam Crichton?s SLEEPER from 12 August ? 9 September and Barbara Knezevic?s The Last Thing on Earth from 16 September ? 16 October, both staged within our Sunken Gallery.